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Tutorial: Harlequin Heart


After seeing a great tutorial by fellow DecoArt Design Team member Kitty Miller I wanted to try out her background technique in my own style.


List of products used;

DecoArt paints and mediums

White Gesso

White Modeling Paste

Distressed Harlequin Stencil 12x12

Crackle Glaze

White Antiquing Cream

Metallic Lustre Copper Kettle

Mattalic Lustre Gold Rush

Ultra Matte Varnish

Media Fluid Acrylics Titan Buff

Media Fluid Acrylics Prussian Blue Hue

Media Fluid Acrylics Primary Cyan

Media Fluid Acrylics Colbalt Turquoise Hue

Media Fluid Acrylics Paynes Grey

Media Fluid Acrylics Quinacridone Gold

Media Fluid Acrylics Cadmium Red Hue

Stampendous Aged Ivory Embossing Enamel

Clear Embossing Stamp Pad

Greyboard embellishments from Tando Creative

Step One


Using a palette knife, roughly draw DecoArt White Modeling Paste through the Distressed Harlequin Stencil. Allow time for the paste to dry fully before coating the piece in White Gesso.

Step Two


Paint the piece in Titan Buff and let dry before laying the stencil back over, lining up the stencil with the raised edges of the modeling paste.

Using a stiff stenciling brush go over the stencil with Prussian Blue Hue, Primary Cyan and Cobalt Turquoise Hue. To create a blended look use the same brush, without washing between colours.

Step Three


Age the piece by applying layers of a Paynes Grey and Quinacridone Gold wash. Build up the wash from light to dark, allowing the wash to pool around the raised areas created by the modeling paste.

Let the wash layers dry naturally before dry brushing the piece with Titan Buff.

Step Four


Introduce guilding flakes to the background by once again lying the stencil down over the original area and applying glue in certain areas.

Remove the stencil and cover the piece with guilding flakes, allowing them to adhere to the glue. Remove any excess with a sponge.

Remember to wash your stencil immediately to remove any sticky residue.

Step Five


Select your design embellishments. For this tutorial I have chosen greyboard hearts, the smaller of which have been painted in Titan Buff and the larger in Cadmium Red Hue. The tag has been painted in Metallic Gold.

Step Six

To give the hearts added texture, embossing them roughly with a clear embossing stamp pad and Aged Ivory Embossing Powder. Leaving areas clear of the powder gives a more distressed effect. Edge the small hearts with Metallic Lustre Copper Kettle.

Add Crackle Glaze to the red heart and let dry, spreading thicker amounts of the glaze will result in larger crackles whereas thinner layers of glaze with produce fine cracks.

Once the glaze is fully dry spread White Antiquing Cream over the heart allowing it to penetrate the cracks. Buff away the excess with a a damp cloth and edge the heart in Metallic Lustre Gold Rush.

Step Seven


Begin layering up your design, let the heart embellishments overlap one another securing them in place with glue and foam pads where raised.

Step Eight


Add the central heart motif using foam pads to raise it from the surface of the background and finish with a sentiment in the top right corner. Edge the board in Metallic Luster Copper Kettle to frame and finish.

Happy Crafting! x x x

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